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Title:Parties, presidents, and State consolidation: cross-national evidence with illustrations from Kenya
Author:Thompson, Marshall Weldon
Year:2009
Periodical:African and Asian Studies
Volume:8
Issue:4
Pages:345-374
Language:English
Geographic terms:Africa
Kenya
Subjects:State
political stability
Link:https://doi.org/10.1163/156920909X12525685704527
Abstract:Considerable variance in regime stability and administrative capacity exists within Africa. This paper combines demographic determinants of State consolidation with political determinants. Specifically, it illustrates the positive effect of horizontal accountability and the negative effect of party fractionalization. The paper conceives of State consolidation as comprising the two distinct concepts of State strength and State firmness. It argues that increasing the accountability between various branches of government and limiting the number of parties will lead to increases in the administrative capacity of the State (strength) and to increases in the republican character of the State (firmness). The results of several least squares analyses are combined with case evidence from Kenya to provide support for these arguments. Implications for bureaucratic and economic efficiency are discussed, as is the nature of African party systems. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]
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